Lots and lots of finageling like this for about 6 hours - Nancy & Garth helped to balance the door and keep it from falling out of the hole!
The ledger is up, and the posthole spots are marked.
Lots of late evenings working on the deck - here we are digging the holes for the cement posts. We dug them with shovels, since our soil is actually 100% sand - we couldn't use posthole diggers; the sand just flowed through the grippers! Oh well - being sand, it actually was pretty easy digging...
...as you can see!
The next day, we mixed the cement for the post holes. You mix cement with a hoe. We thought this was pretty good resistance training for farmers!
Shoveling the cement into the postholes...
Shoveling more cement into the postholes...
Finally getting to put the posts on after the cement hardened. There was a lot of rain during this project.
We laid the black landscape fabric all over the footprint of the deck so that weeds would never grow under it. We got all the posts into place and got ready to set the beams and joists.
Next day, beams and joists in place!
Garth and Nancy put in the bracings while we were at market.
Next up was the stringers for the stairs. This was quite the mathematical process, and took Spencer and Garth all evening.
Placing the stringers - there's 8 of them, and they're nice deep stairs so that they can double as seating when we have a lot of people over.
The next day we placed all the deck boards and drilled and screwed all day.
Lots of drill holes and lots of screws!
Mr. S tests out the newly screwed-down boards.
This is how it would go - Nancy would space, Garth would push or pull the board, Mara would place the screw, Spencer would screw it down.
Main deck and stairs done!
Placing more landscape fabric under the landing that comes out from the garage.
Screwing down the landing boards. You can see the curved white line that we'll cut to define the edge of the landing.
Cutting the irregular boards off into a nice curve.
Sanding the edges...
Assembling newly purchased grill!
The happy building crew!
This was a great project, that was started and completed in 3 short weeks! Now we are able to work on landscaping the backyard and enjoying our grilled veggies on our deck! Thanks again to Nancy and Garth for all of your help and great insights on this project. Now back to farming for the rest of the season, and leaving all major house projects until winter!